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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Radeon RX 480 4GB
Halo: Reach 71% 68%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 37%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 38%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 37%
Doom Eternal 21% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 53%
FIFA 20 51% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 0%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 58 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480, but the RX 480 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 480 exhibits a 10.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 58 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. This results in the GTX 980 providing 39.6 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 480 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 480 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the Radeon RX 480 4GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 980 has 0.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is marginally better than the RX 480.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon RX 480 4GB has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536 and the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917. The GTX 980 having 619 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 480.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon RX 480 4GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 480. The GTX 980 requires 45 Watts more than the RX 480 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1120 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1266 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Jun 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1750 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs14nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs144
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs161.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs35.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1127MHz to 1178MHz whereas the Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1216MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor2X is equipped with dual 10cm Propeller Blade fans which generate 20% more airflow compared to traditional fan design. Propeller Blade fans can also be found on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cards, winning countless awards around the world for cooling performance while remaining silent.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Overview
Radeon RX 480 4GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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